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Lymm Bridge No 23
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Quote of the day No 323

Friday 29 May 2020

A brief overall look at the state of waterways in England in 1759 is now worthwhile, for much was about to happen. Two great rivers, the Severn and the Trent, were naturally navigable, and much used for navigation. The Severn was totally unimproved, subject to interruptions from floods and drought, but vessels moved free of toll as far upstream as Welshpool. The Trent was in a similar state for much of its length, as far upstream as Wilden Ferry in Derbyshire; then for nineteen miles further upstream to Burton it had been made navigable at the end of the previous century. Elsewhere, river navigations had been made at a steadily increasing pace over the past 200 years: but they were all river navigations, or, in a few instances, lateral canals. Inland water transport was still based on rivers and river basins: nowhere in England did a canal yet cross a watershed.

P. J. G. Ransom - The Archaeology of Canals

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